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Ramos issued three violations against Williams - which will cost the tennis star $17,000 - towards the end of the US open final, which she lost to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka.

United States great Billie Jean King was among those coming down hard on Serena's side in her claim that chair umpire Carlos Ramos penalized her for comments that a male player could have gotten away with. I'd rather lose than have to cheat to win.' I don't need to cheat to win.

"I don't use on-court coaching (where it's allowed at WTA tour events)".

Williams, who was seeking a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, was handed a warning for a coaching violation before being deducted a point for smashing her racquet.

During that second set, Williams was given a warning from Ramos after the umpire determined her coach was attempting to instruct her using hand signals, which results in code violation. For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.

"But I've seen other men call other umpires several things. But then when I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little kid again".

A tearful Serena Williams has said she will continue to fight for women's rights after claiming she had no regrets about her ugly fight with umpire Carlos Ramos over cheating claims in the US Open women's final. She played an incredible match and deserved this win and it probably would have happened anyway. "I know that she was frustrated about the way the match played out, but the way she stepped up after the final and gave full credit to Naomi for a match well-played speaks volumes about who she is". When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. She missed the U.S. Open past year, because her daughter, Olympia, was born during the tournament. Williams denied the accusation and could be heard repeatedly demanding an apology from Ramos.

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Williams also made reference to the incident last week when French player Alize Cornet was warned for removing her shirt on court during a heatwave.

That led to the 23-time Grand Slam champion launching a barrage of abuse at the umpire, slamming his decision.

"I don't want to be rude", Williams said in an ESPN post-interview.

Serena Williams' loss at the US Open was dramatic for all the wrong reasons in terms of sports, and critics are voicing concerns about gender double standards in terms of conduct on the court.

Osaka reflected on the moment after the match when she returned to her seat and put a towel over her head as the ceremonial stage was being assembled. Serena also stated that she was only penalized because she was a woman.

But during the trophy ceremony, Osaka had tears in her eyes and addressed the crowd and its loud booing saying, "I know that everyone was cheering for [Serena] and I'm sorry it had to end like this".

But the spotlight wasn't on Osaka's first Grand Slam win, or the fact she was the first Japanese player - male or female - to win one of tennis' four majors.

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